MONAHAN, GENEVIEVE RUTH, Second Lieutenant, # N-783192, U.S. Army Nursing Corps

 

Genevieve R. Monahan was born on 2 January 1905 in Coos Co., New Hampshire, to James M. Monahan (1862-    ) (Canada – immigrated 1880 - naturalized) and Mary E. (McCarty) Monahan (1866-    ) (Canada – immigrated 1892 – naturalized) (married 12 June 1893, Lancaster, Coos Co., NH). A brother was Carl Ambrose Monahan (1898-    ), Balboa, California.

 

She enlisted in nurses training in California. She left for overseas (India) and was assigned to the 69th General Hospital, Ledo, India. On 4 March 1945, a C-47, # 41-18554, assigned to Air Transport Command, 3rd Combat Cargo Group, 11th Combat Cargo Squadron, departed the airfield at Dinjan, India, on a passenger ferry mission to Ledo, India. On attempting to land, it made a low turn and crashed. All aboard were killed. She was a passenger on board. Her remains were recovered from the American military airfield cemetery at Kalaikunda, India, and buried in the Holy Sepulcher Cemetery, Santa Ana, Orange Co., California (Sec. B, Saint Bernadette).

ONKEN (CORNELL), MAYO, Second Lieutenant, # N-788129, U.S. Army Nursing Corps

 

Mayo (Cornell) Onken was born on 6 February 1920 in Porterville, Tulare Co., California, to Edward “Ted” Bennett Cornell (1873-1958) and Edith M. (Dalby) Cornell (1893-1949). Siblings included Edward A. Cornell (1895-1972), Richard J. Cornell (1899-1968), Mary Marguerite (Cornell) Young (1905-1981), and Kenneth Shepherd Cornell (1908-1985). She graduated from Porterville High School. She married Edwin S. Onken (1918-2004)

 

She completed training at the Stanford Nursing Facility. She was sent overseas to India. On 4 March 1945, a C-47, # 41-18554, assigned to Air Transport Command, 3rd Combat Cargo Group, 11th Combat Cargo Squadron, departed the airfield at Dinjan, India, on a passenger ferry mission to Ledo, India. On attempting to land, it made a low turn and crashed. All aboard were killed. She was a passenger on board. Her remains were recovered from the American military airfield cemetery at Kalaikunda, India, and buried in the Porterville Cemetery, Porterville, California, on 8 January 1949 (Sec. D, Grave 194-4).

 

Her brother, Kenneth S. Cornell, born 16 March 1908, served in the U.S. Navy, Warrant Officer, # 891505, from 31 January 1942 to 6 February 1946. He died 21 May 1985 in Sacramento, California.